A day on the coast and amongst the wetlands.
(Deb and Ian Day Seven).
We set off at 07:00 and headed to the coast via Granada, we arrived a little early and had a look at the agricultural area to the North West of the Charca del Suarez Nature reserve. We started to check the area and soon we started to add species to the day list including Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and a singing Savi's Warbler (Buscarla Unicolor / Locustella luscinoides) which remained hiden but called for quite some time. As we moved along the road we had a fly over Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) and a little later two Purple Herons (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) flew off in the same direction. At this point we were very lucky to have the company of my good friend Juan Perez who had also come down to the area to have a morning at Charca. We spent some more time searching in this area and heard or saw Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia) and lots of fly over Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
|Stripe-less Tree Frogs (Hyla meridionalis).|
|Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) taken by Deb.|
|Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) taken by Deb.|
|Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) taken by Deb.|
|Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus).|
|Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) taken by Deb.|